Treating the Nervous System
Neurology services at Palmdale Regional Medical Center includes key diagnostic tools that can help your neurologist diagnose and treat many conditions and diseases that can affect your nervous system. During diagnosis and treatment, your neurologist may collaborate with physicians and clinicians from other medical disciplines, as well as consult with other neurologists outside the hospital through Palmdale Regional's telenurology program to help provide you with the the comprehensive care you may need.
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Neurologists at Palmdale Regional diagnose and treat diseases of many parts of the nervous system, including:
- Brain and spinal cord (and their coverings)
- Cranial nerves connected to the eyes, face, ears, nose and throat
- Peripheral nerves which supply the arms and legs
- Muscles throughout the body
- Autonomic nerves which activate the internal organs
Some of the most common conditions that neurologists diagnose and treat are:
- Headache disorders
- Memory disorders and dementia
- Movement disorders, including Parkinson's disease
- Epilepsy and seizure disorders
- Inflammatory diseases, including multiple sclerosis
- Neuropathy and muscle diseases
Your neurologist may use many diagnostic tools, including:
Computed Tomography (CT)
CT scans are a type of noninvasive imaging that allows physicians to visualize the brain.
Computer Tomography Angiography (CTA)
Similar to a CT scan of the brain, a CTA uses dye injected into the blood to create a three-dimensional image of blood vessels in the neck (carotid) and brain.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)
MRI and MRA use a strong magnetic field to generate two-dimensional and three-dimensional images of the brain and neck, like a CT scan, but with more detailed information that can help physicians locate the stroke, its size, and its type, in addition to more precisely access the risk of recurrence.
This tool uses sound waves that pass through tissue to create on-screen images that can show narrowing or clotting in the carotid arteries, as well as allow physicians to determine how fast blood is flowing through them to the brain.
Cerebral angiography allows physicians to view detailed images of the blood vessels in the brain and neck. Cerebral angiography is rarely used and only in circumstances when MRI and MRA cannot provide needed information.
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